Netflix Wednesday TikToks turned a fake song into a new radio hit

Lady Gagas "Born like this" Album cover and Wednesday

Wednesday is dancing, dancing, dancing, technically, with her hands, hands, hands, over her head, head, head.
picture: Netflix / Lady Gaga / Interscope Records / Kotaku

If you have a smartphone, laptop or tablet, you’ve seen this Wednesday to dance.

Tim Burton’s new Netflix series starring Jenna Ortega features a scene where the title character dances pretty intensely to The Cramps’ “Goo Goo Muck.” And just like any Netflix scene that includes a song, it is went viral on TikTok. But unlike earlier this year, we saw that stranger things vs. Kate Bush Radio’s “Running Up That Hill” version, featuring the 37-year-old song viral on TikTokthen a hit for a new generationthis time the kids managed to make the wrong old song famous again.

Wednesday Addams | dance scene | Netflix

Not long after Wednesday Premiered, Videos surfaced of people reenacting the dance (which Ortega choreographed himself). But instead of setting the dance to The Cramps’ song used on the show, TikTokers set it to a hyped dance remix of a 2011 Lady Gaga song called “Bloody Mary.” The decision to change the song could have several reasons: maybe The Cramps’ song wasn’t readily available on TikTok, or maybe the lyrics of “Bloody Mary” went particularly well with Ortega’s choreography (I’ll dance, dance, dance / With my hands, hands, hands / Over my head, head, head / As Jesus said).

In any case, the song became so closely associated with the series that it’s sometimes referred to as the “Wednesday Dance” under TikTok audio Lady Gaga herself recreated the dance set to her own song, effectively jumping the music shark. Damn, a clip of the Wednesday Dance now plays when you queue “Bloody Mary” on Spotify. “Nobody talks about The Cramps. A real shame!!” Julia Alexander trweAlexander from Parrot Analytics tweeted.

TikTok dances and audios going viral aren’t a new concept, but we’ve only seen TikToks effectively dictating what’s on the radio in the last year or so. And now, 11 years after it was released on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album, “Bloody Mary” gets its first shot at radio rotation as Gaga’s team released it as a single.

DJ White Shadow, who produced the song, is grateful for the TikTok mix-up, write on twitter, “THANK YOU TO THE FANS. THANKS TO @ladygaga FOR NOT SOUNDING SKIP BUT I’M PROUD THAT WE MAKE THINGS THAT LAST…”

“Bloody Mary” is currently the fifth most popular song from the album Born This Way on Spotify, behind only the singles that received radio play in 2011 and 2012. This is the weirdest shit. TikTok linked the wrong song to a Netflix dance scene and breathed new life into it over a decade later. We live in strange times, children. Little monsters, rise up. Apologies to The Cramps.

The Cramps live – Goo Goo Muck Netflix Wednesday TikToks turned a fake song into a new radio hit

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